What Is the GDYO Guild?


The GDYO Guild is a membership organization of parents from all 8 ensembles of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra program whose purpose is to support the GDYO through fundraising and volunteering.  In 2017-18, the Guild raised over $20,000 in family memberships and saw additional contributions through merchandise sales (T shirts, CDs, photos, etc.)


The goals for the 2018-19 season are to raise $35,000 and reach 100% parent participation in the Guild.


The Parent Guild of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra is a significant source of financial contribution to the organization!


In recent seasons, Guild activities and support for GDYO included:


  • Purchase of instruments and music folders for use by GDYO musicians.
  • Organization, distribution and sale of Guild merchandise (photos, T Shirts, and more) for fundraising to support GDYO; Guild volunteers also staffed fundraising sales tables at concerts and parent meetings.
  • Annual contributions to Tour and Scholarship Funds, including support for the August 2017 Flute Choir Trip.
  • Organized and hosted dinners and social events.
  • Sponsored the Richard Giangiulio Artist Development Scholarship.
  • Treats to celebrate first and last rehearsals for the students.
  • Volunteers who staffed rehearsal break snack service for students each week.
  • Purchase of the annual GDYO membership patches given to all musicians.
  • Purchase of lapel pins for seniors to wear at year-end concerts for graduation recognition.
  • Parents also participate in strategic committees such as the Planning, Alumni, Development and Outreach Committees.


How can your family participate?  


Become a Member and find a place to volunteer.   We’ll discuss details at our upcoming Parent Meetings:


  • August 26th
    • Wind Symphony and Flute Choir at 1:00 pm
    • GDYO at 5:00 pm
  • September 9th
    • GDYO Jazz at 3:30 pm
    • Philharmonic at 1:45 pm
  • September 16th
    • YPO at 1:00 pm
    • DSE at 3:30 pm
    • Sinfonietta at 7:00 pm


You’ll also be able to buy merchandise and order photos at the meetings.


Look for new t-shirt designs!


Please browse the categories for information about Guild activities.


Thank you for supporting GDYO through your membership in the Parent’s Guild!


Spring Fundraiser

Spring Fundraiser

You don’t want to miss our Mother’s Day Dinner and Spring Concert featuring the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra on May 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Meyerson Symphony Center!  This special event is open to all GDYO families of all ensembles. Honorary Chairs Pat & Linda...

Spring Fundraiser May 13, 2018

You don't want to miss our Mother's Day Dinner and Spring Concert featuring the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra on May 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Meyerson Symphony Center!  This special event is open to all GDYO families of all ensembles. Honorary Chairs Pat & Linda...

A Call to Action:  Guild Leadership

A Call to Action: Guild Leadership

Dear Parent Guild members and future members: As we approach the end of the 2017-18 Season, it's a perfect time to invite you to participate in next season's GDYO Parent's Guild Leadership.  Our Guild has grown thanks to your giving, and we continue to have exciting...

Attention Kroger Shoppers

Attention Kroger Shoppers

If your Kroger card is connected to GDYO Guild, you are helping us receive donation money from Kroger Community Rewards Programs. 16 GDYO households who shopped at Kroger between 11-27-2017 and 2-26-2018 (Cycle 2017, Qtr 2) have resulted in a $55.87 total donation...

Silent Auction Items Needed

Silent Auction Items Needed

GDYO's biggest fundraiser is coming up!  The Silent Auction portion of our May 13, 2018 Mother's Day Dinner and Concert is a winner....and YOU can help. Support GDYO while you promote your business.  Consider packaging a service or product from your company to be...

GDYO Mother’s Day Dinner and Spring Concert

Volunteer Opportunities for Parents Save the date:  Sunday, May 13, 2018 is our annual dinner concert at the Meyerson!  Enjoy a seated dinner, silent auction, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra concert and post-concert dessert reception while you support our annual...

Receiving 2017-18 Photos

If you pre-ordered a photo of your student's ensemble, these are available for you to pick up at your student's second concert.  After that, they are available in the GDYO office.  Sorry, we cannot ship individual photos to you. We're no longer taking pre-orders for...

Share Your Stuff

Share Your Stuff

Do you have unused music accessories at home? Shoulder rests for small violins you don't play anymore?  Rosins you don't use?  Strings that didn't work out?  If you have a drawer filled with items you don't use anymore, we know some music students who can use them!...

GDYO Extended Rehearsal

GDYO Extended Rehearsal

For GDYO ensemble only: Extended Rehearsal and Dinner is  Jan. 14, 2018, 5 pm to 10:30 pm. GDYO parents provide the pot-luck dinner for this event.  Lots of volunteers needed to set up/clean up.  Link to Sign Up Sheet You can send in anything you like.  The Sign Up...

Food Drive Success!

Food Drive Success!

Thank you for all your food donations!  GDYO collected a large amount of cans and food items for the North Texas Food Bank in October.   Highlights: The Wind Symphony alone filled a box! And Kaitlyn (YPO) donated all three days the food drive was operational (Oct 15,...

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